A recent episode of StutterTalk (Ep. 629) got me thinking about the challenges related to providing quality stuttering therapy in the schools. Prior to listening to this, I have heard that school-based stuttering therapy can be less than effectual. I assume this is for the normal reasons- stuttering is low incidence, SLPs lack experience, SLPs maybe don’t know how to approach emotions and reactions to stuttering… But, I was wondering if anyone knows, or can brainstorm specifically, why this setting poses extra challenges for SLPs? I know that a lot of CWS are not afforded the ability to see a private practitioner, and these school-based clinicians are what the kids have. I feel we need to improve treatment in the schools, but this starts with identifying the issues these clinicians face in this setting. Then we are better equipped to help them navigate around, or work with these challenges. I plan to survey school-based clinicians, but was wondering what some of y’all thought or know from experience! Thanks for your time!
Alison LaJuett, B.A.
Graduate Student Clinician
University of Akron
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